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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: U.S. Futures All-Star Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox winks as he runs on the field during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

As we get started on fantasy baseball offseason for keeper leagues, here's the links for this week for the minor leagues. I am planning on trying to write up specific prospects for fantasy purposes during the offseason, and am looking for suggestions, so please comment with players who you're interested in hearing about for fantasy. I will take a look at some and see which ones are the most interesting for our purposes.

Baseball America has started to release their top 10 lists for the 2012 season. You can find the schedule here, and they started out with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Not a huge surprise, as Julio Teheran was their #1 prospect in the Braves' system. To me, the most interesting name on this list is #4, Andrelton Simmons. I plan on taking a look at him later in the offseason, but he's a target for keeper leagues to be sure. Just remember that he is likely to start in AA, and isn't likely to be in the Majors until late 2013 at the soonest.

John Sickels over at Minor League Ball wrote up a brief analysis comparing his Atlanta Braves top 10 to the Baseball America one. Very similar lists, but it's interesting to see how John notices what differences occurred, and why.

John also released his top 20 list for the Detroit Tigers on Monday. This system really seems like it's a bit devoid of high-ceiling talent at the moment, but having Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos should still help this system overall.

Baseball Prospectus also started releasing their lists, as Kevin Goldstein posted his top 10 for the Astros. The farm system is actually not as bad as I initially thought, but nearly all of the top half of their system was acquired this year either via trade or the draft. The name that I did not expect to see so high on this list is #4, Brett Oberholtzer.

The Arizona Fall League announced the Rising Stars game rosters via their Twitter feed on Tuesday. You can see the rosters after the jump...


East Roster West Roster
Pitching Staff Pitching Staff
Steve Ames RHP LAD Nate Adcock RHP KCR
Charles Brewer RHP ARI Anthony Bass RHP SD
Chris Carpenter RHP CHC Brad Boxberger RHP CIN
David Carpenter RHP LAA Jed Bradley LHP MIL
Gerrit Cole RHP PIT Cory Burns RHP CLE
Jacob Diekman LHP PHI Wes Etheridge RHP TOR
Terry Doyle RHP CHW Preston Guilmet RHP CLE
Trey McNutt RHP CHC J.J. Hoover RHP ATL
Kevin Munson RHP ARI Danny Hultzen LHP SEA
Rob Scahill RHP COL Jeremy Jeffress RHP KCR
Casey Weathers RHP COL Taylor Whitenton RHP NYM
East Catchers West Catchers
Jason Castro C HOU Christian Bethancourt C ATL
Derek Norris C WAS Kyle Skipworth C FLA
East Infielders West Infielders
Nolan Arenado 3B COL Matt Adams 1B STL
Brian Dozier SS MIN Tyler Bortnick 2B TAM
Junior Lake SS/3B CHC Christian Colon SS KCR
Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS Matt Dominguez 3B FLA
Joe Panik 2B SF Nick Franklin SS SEA
Ben Paulsen 1B COL Mike Olt 3B TEX
Jean Segura SS LAA Joe Terdoslavich 1B ATL
East Outfielders West Outfielders
Xavier Avery OF BAL Michael Choice OF OAK
Robbie Grossman OF PIT Jaff Decker OF SD
Bryce Harper OF WAS Anthony Gose OF TOR
Mike Trout OF LAA Mikie Mahtook OF TAM
Tim Wheeler OF COL Wil Myers OF KCR

David Heck of Roto Hardball takes a look at some of the minor leaguers playing in the Carribean Winter Leagues.

Bullpen Banter has released their first list, their top 15 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Interestingly, they have a list from two different of their writers, and the top 7 prospects in the system are exactly the same on both lists.

Adam Foster over at Project Prospect takes an interesting look at the top 100 lists from some of the major sites from 2010, and notes some interesting details on players omitted and the most valuable sleepers from these lists.

Over at Fangraphs, Marc Hulet kicked off their top 15 prospect lists with the Washington Nationals. Top draft pick Anthony Rendon came in at #2, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to moving to 2B.

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